Not only did we have a fun summer family bday party, honoring (boy) Jordan, Sydney, and Kaylee (who wasn't able to come--we miss you, girlie!) we made up a new recipe. Usually bratwursts and grills go together but for a variety of reasons it just wasn't an option this time so we fired up the crockpot instead. I've made hot dogs in the crockpot (beef broth instead of water) for work things so I knew it would work but I didn't realize just how well. One of the yummy side effects of the crockpot was how tender the brats ended up coming out. Deliciously tender. Amazingly tender. Plus, in the last few cooking hours, I added a sliced onion, red pepper, and banana pepper to the mix and they became one of our favorite toppings.
I worked right before the party so the Price Cutter bakery at Republic Road and National had to step up to the plate with cakes. These were adorable (and very reasonably priced) "Fancy Baby Doubles", an eight inch layer topped with a six inch layer. Plenty of cake to serve everyone plus small enough to be able to get individually designed boy and girl cakes, one in chocolate and one in vanilla. We all loved them. I've really been impressed with Price Cutter's bakery the last few years. They've got a great staff of talented and versatile decorators. The kids happily shared their cakes and still had leftovers to take home.